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Unity state students in East Africa salute rebels for accepting amnesty

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May 16, 2013 (KAMPALA) - South Sudanese from Unity state residing in East Africa have welcomed the decision Lt Gen Bapiny Monytuel Wijang’s South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) rebel group to accept an amnesty offered by president Salva Kiir.

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Dak Buoth, spokesperson of the Unity state students union in Kenya (Source: Unity state student union in Kenya)

Union’s representing students attending universities Kenya and Uganda hailed the decision as "bold and historic".

Dak Buoth, spokesperson of the Unity state students union in Kenya said students from across the state were joining South Sudanese government in welcoming the 3,000 strong rebel group, which crossed back in the oil-rich region from neighbouring Sudan earlier this month.

Khartoum denies backing South Sudanese rebels, while Juba also denies aiding rebels north of the border in Sudanese territory.

Other rebel groups have not accepted the amnesty, most notably David Yauyau’s rebellion in Jonglei state, which has sighted the fate of other rebel leaders who accepted a previous amnesty among their reason to decline the latest offer.

“It’s important for both Unity state and national government to abide by their words and not to repeat previous mistake of murdering of renegade Gatluak Gai who died mysteriously after negotiating with government for amnesty offer”, Buoth said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

Gatluak Gai rebelled against government after the 2010 elections, which saw incumbent governor Taban Deng Gai beat independent candidate, Angelina Jany Teny, the wife of South Sudan vice president Riek Machar.

Having campaigned for Teny, who stood as an independent as she failed to gain the nomination of South Sudan’s ruling party, Gai was hoping to be appointed as a county commissioner in the event that she won.

Over a year later, on July 23, 2011, he was shot while his forces were being integrated back into South Sudan’s army - the SPLA.

Joseph Makuey, the chairperson of the Unity state students union in Kampala told Sudan Tribune on Thursday the rebels acceptance of the amnesty will improve security in South Sudan particularly in Unity state, which has suffered from rebellions since South Sudan’s independence nearly two years ago.

The Unity state students urged the government to address a number of grievances that led to SSLA’s rebellion to prevent future unrest, such as corruption, nepotism, tribalism, bad governance, discrimination and arbitrary detention among others.

The student unions urged the other groups who are still fighting in the bush to accept the amnesty and follow in the SSLA’s footsteps and embrace peaceful ways of resolving South Sudan’s problems rather than resorting to violence.

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  • 17 May 2013 05:54, by Bany de Baai

    It is good for Nuer community to avoid being a rebel and to joint the South Sudan’s government and whoever want to be ’Kuor midiit’ have right to be. Too many rebels does not hint the quality leadership. Nuer are good in History but need to keep that in mind that Nuer students around the univers are deserve to rule and lead the South in future. Let Nuer develope peace and coperation with RoSS.

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    • 17 May 2013 06:06, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      How dare do you called those who have not achieved anything strong? they should be ask to compensate the families who had lost their love one to their doomed rebellion.it not be carry away by their harmless capitulation.they might end up joining Yauyau to avoid being send to war,your game of running away from deaths have been noticed.

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    • 17 May 2013 06:14, by Dinkawarrior

      Bany de Baai!
      You hit the nail on it buddy! Going back and forth is not the good option, we would like to let the Nyagateen know that if you want to be Kuormediit then you need work for it rather turning against your people. It’s always shameful for certain people to be known with such a stupidity activities. We need to educate our people that our dignity is important than moneys or foods.

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      • 17 May 2013 06:32, by chol

        Nuer will be ok if they don’t followed stupid machar again as you nuer know you don’t again anything last time you followed him he run to Khartoum left suffering

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      • 17 May 2013 07:24, by Dinkawarrior

        John Koang Nyuan and James Hoth Mai are the best examples of being a good Kuormediit.
        They never turn against their own people and they’re well respected in South Sudan more than those who claimed to be Doctors for Nothing. Each of them deserved a right to be a president of Sudan, because they worked for it.

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    • 17 May 2013 13:44, by Raankanken

      The crimes committed by these guys(rebels) may be forgiven but not forgotten.That is another message to them.

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      • 17 May 2013 18:07, by Deng II

        We appreciated your concerns to united South Sudan and not to following Nyigatisms fathers. Following the good path will or would lead to presidency more than betrayal.

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  • 18 May 2013 19:34, by panom lualbil

    It’s NOT the government to be blame but you [nuers] needed to talk to yourselves first. Bcse it’s ashame that arabs used against our ppl n country the most amongst others. Why allied our foes whenever you [nuer] failed a seat or when something can be solved peacefully? Why brought up tribalism? Why dominated corruption? why fight for presidency?

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    • 18 May 2013 19:54, by panom lualbil

      Government is tired of offering an amnesty, instead you deserved to be prosecuted all. Bcse you dont know: yourselves? your enemies? victory? defeat? what y’all talking about? Ur state is suffering from yourselves. Part is north while other is pretending to be fake spla who fight presidency! Do you wanted somebody to rule you even at home?

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